One of our community health plan targets malnutrition. Key to happy healthy bodies: healthy eating! And who else feeds the tummies of the next generation? Our dearest mothers.
We incorporated a cooking show to the Mother's class. Community-based interventions aiming to improve cooking skills are a popular strategy to promote healthy eating. No mother has welcomed malnutrition to her household. But reality is never ideal. New Barili, though rich in heart, is not rich in financial resources. And this is the common "excuse" on interviews. Low education attainment, low income and high socioeconomic deprivation are main factors associated with poor diet. Nutrition literacy and lack of practical cooking skills in economically deprived households are important matters in battling malnutrition.
So let's Go Grow Glow!
Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is a key strategy to improve diet, yet intakes remain significantly below recommended levels, especially across socially disadvantaged groups who constitute a majority of the targeted populations for cookery initiatives. The UTAN NA LOOB cooking class aims to expose participants to new foods, as a means to increase variety and facilitate adherence to current dietary guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption. With that in mind, our group came up with Fish-Veggie Balls. It's a combination of pumpkin, mung beads, shredded fish meat, fried to a ball of yummy goodness. It was showcase the possibilities of coming up with healthy meals by using simple ingredients that are available in common households. After cooking up a storm to an audience of almost 80 people, we allowed them to try the finish product. This strategy has shown promising outcomes for social bonding, linkage and encouragement of group discussion, whilst also offering a starting point for the modification of neophobic responses towards disliked, rejected or foods not eaten such as fruit and vegetables. They loved it. The children loved it. The husbands live it. It was a success.
After the cooking show, they were very much inspired to participate in the upcoming UTAN NA LOOB COOKING CONTEST. Our participant registry filled in a matter of seconds! Let's see how it goes!
Princess Shelmerry Dawn Que
Adzu-SOM Level 4